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    Posted: 19 Jul 18 at 8:31am
I sold the boat that was causing me to collapse when I got out of it due to knee pain, and bought one that suits my build and level of unfitness better. With yoga as well, my knees have recovered remarkably well.

That, and I tend to perch these days.
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Every knee injury is different but if I have knee pain I find stretching the calves, hamstrings and quadriceps several times a week helps.
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A 'knee support/brace' does a completely different job to a 'knee pad'. The former is to keep your knee/kneecap in alignment during exercise/activity the latter to allow you to kneel down on a hard surface without damage. So knee pads for shallow cockpit boats which require kneeling to tack and downwind, braces for supporting your knees when hiking. I had a dodgy knee earlier this year which recovered on it's own in time. I tried a knee brace and it helped while walking but not so much when sailing. If it's a meniscus injury you absolutely must use a knee peace with a patella hole or you risk further discomfort or damage (this from a very expensive private knee consultant).
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Those knee pads JimSaysso is talking about they seem to be used for medical purpose after you get the pain :). The ones from Spinlock are used as an accessory of your dinghy kit. Found them here also 1 cheaper than Force 4

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Very informative thread.
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Originally posted by jimsaysso

Hey I was reading this thread as I have been having some real pain in my knees whilst I sail too and someone mentioned that "hikers" were good.. what are hikers? did they mean like something sort of support hikers wear?



Hikers are like a cross between lederhosen and bondage equipment used by some of the more perverse dinghyists. Nobody with any style goes near them.
For knee support look to downhill mountain bike equipment and or ski-ing knee braces, nothing made by the dinghy business is effective because they are all so tight they won't pay what is required to do the job properly so nobody can afford to market it from a lame dinghy label.
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Originally posted by jimsaysso

Hey I was reading this thread as I have been having some real pain in my knees whilst I sail too and someone mentioned that "hikers" were good.. what are hikers? did they mean like something sort of support hikers wear?



Usually your hiking style or posture is what causes knee pain (was certainly true for me). A good set of hikers can hep reduce the fatigue in your leg muscles enabling you to maintain the correct posture (i.e. no pressure through the knee) which sorts the knee issues.

Certainly worked for me anyway. Then I switched classes to a more ergonomic boat which made an even bigger difference.
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Hey I was reading this thread as I have been having some real pain in my knees whilst I sail too and someone mentioned that "hikers" were good.. what are hikers? did they mean like something sort of support hikers wear?
I was actually thinking about giving this cheap knee support a go

http://nuovahealth.co.uk/shop/open-patella-knee-support-brace/

Has anyone tried those ones before? If so what do you make of them?


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Hi,

Gentle cycling on an exercise bike with a low saddle and light resistance is what I would recommend. That's what I do.  I started drawing  my old age pension many moons ago, Also swimming is good. My knees are still pretty painfree but I find my shoulders and neck are getting a bit stiff.

Good luck with your training programme.

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Agreed, but wearing one can just get you through an important series.

My physio always told me that pain in my knee was a sign to stop. Pain in a muscle is usually not so bad because that is natural if you are building muscle.  Any form of sharp pain caused by poor support from your muscles is a sign to stop doing what you are doing.  A support can prevent this. Also keeping your body warm is never a bad thing when suffering from this sort of pain and a support will help this.

I would say that a support should still be worn while sailing for a few months but gym work outside of that without a support should be focused on the important muscle groups in your legs. Thats what I did and it worked for me. 

Obviously hiking style is the most important thing to consider. When I had knee trouble I tightened my toe straps and made sure i used the most efficient hiking style i could. My best lesson came from my old optimist squad coach who was the first person to teach me to hike with your legs in the lulls and your body in the gusts.  Basically meaning you should be aiming to lean back as far as possible all the time but keep your legs as far into the boat as possible while still keeping fully powered up. This seriously reduces the amount of time your leg muscles are doing all the work and allows you to sail for hours and hours without nearly as much pain. So bums in and heads back is the technique to master in marginal hiking conditions. Keeping a good straight back posture is important. (unlike the ones demonstrated by me in a few recent editions of the magazine in my laser! )

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